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May 30, 2012 5:30pm EDT
action is necessary now. the united states needs to be a part of it. >> liberia's former president gets a 50-year sentence for war crimes described as some of the most heinous in history. and greenback the bookstore -- bringing back the bookstore, one well-known author is stocking the shelves in hopes of bringing back the written page. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. tonight, fresh evidence of the breach in the u.n. broken cease- fire in syria. 13 bodies, apparently executed, were found in the eastern part of the country. the killings were discovered that even as the u.n. security council held a closed meeting on last week's massacre that left more than 100 dead and sparked widespread condemnation of the assad regime. >> another mass killing. the commander of the u.s. observer team in syria, general mahmoud, said the bodies of the 13 men with hallett -- with hands bound were found shot dead on tuesday. he calls the appalling and inexcusable. it is the second time in less than a week that the u.n. monitors have validated the claims and videos put ou
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May 5, 2012 1:30am EDT
want to go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. over the course of the day, progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants, and we will be staying in touch with -- gwen: so who is chen quangcheng and how did he end up in the middle of a debate between two of the world's super powers? >> it was a whiplash week. we all thought this was solved, that he would stay in china in the middle of the week, but alas, by the end of the week he's going to come to the united states. let me backtrack a little bit, a lit bit more about chen. human rights activist, as you said, blind, so dramatic this week, because he escaped. he had been under house arrest for a couple of years. before that he was in prison. he was with his wife and young daughter in this house. in a rural province in china. and in the middle of the night he certainly used his blindness, because he is used to darkness and his guards weren't. he played sick for a few weeks, so they were not really looking after him that well. climbed over a wall, through a field, through a river, felt his way around.
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May 25, 2012 5:00am EDT
in the united states has cut aid to pakistan by $33 million a year. it's in response to the pakistani doctor who helped the c.i.a. track down osama bin laden. dr. afridi was sentenced to prison for helping the u.s. locate the al qaeda leader in abbottabad. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, denounced his imprisonment. >> the united states does not believe there is any basis for whoileding dr. afridi. we regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence. his help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers that was clearly in pakistan's interest, as was ours and the rest of the world. this action by dr. afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin laden was not in any way a betrayal of pakistan, and we have made that very well known, and we will continue to press it with the government of pakistan. >> the bbc's aleem mack bull has been speaking to me from islamabad with the latest. >> 20 days after osama bin laden was killed and what he had done was work
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May 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
will continue to work hard to inflict damage to the united states. fortunately, our intelligence community and the c.i.a. have their eyes on the ball in yemen and it's a great success what they were able to do in the last 24 hours. >> warner: michael leiter, let me ask you, when john brenner said today "this i.e.d. was a threat from the standpoint of the design," what is he talking about? >> well, this bomb and also the bomb that the bomb maker asiri is probably responsible for back in 2009, the first underwear bomb and then the printer cartridges bombs that were detected in 2010 represent a real challenge for screening. with no metal pieces at all, a standard magnetometer, metal detector, won't detect that. so what you have to have instead are much more advanced screening techniques at airports to find that. fliers see that all the time here in the united states now. they're less prevalent overseas. of course we need to make sure the same techniques that we know are working here are applied overseas as well. what i would also add, margaret, is none of these detection methods are
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May 24, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, what is the european scenario that the united states should be most worried about? >> oh, goodness. i mean, there's really a cliff there. there's a possibility the whole euro can dissolve if they don't take a quantum leap towards unification and we could have a layman moment again. it's not... lehman moment again. it's not hyperbole to say that. they've seen that in europe. they can't agree among themselves what is are they going to do when greece leaves which is the equivalent of lehman going under in the united states. >> and josh bivens, even short of the worst-case scenario, the u.s. is already feeling the effects of what's happening in europe. >> i think that's right. i think slow grooet in europe and now it looks like outright contraction in a lot of europe is meaning we export less. i would say over the last year, over the coming year if they're in a recession, we're probably talking about less than half a percentage point of g.d.p. knocked off our growth rate because of european troubles but given the growth rate is slow already, those are precious little percentage points tha
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May 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
about how the united states will remain here. this agreement basically says that we commit ourselves to supporting afghanistan economically, you know, we'll support its development and we will retain a number of troops here in a counterterrorism role in the post 2014 environment. mostly those to chase after what's left of al qaeda. but this is a... signifies sort of a long-term commitment of the united states to afghanistan and more broadly to the region. >> ifill: even in the negotiating of this agreement, there have been tensions. of course we have documented all the tensions in the u.s.-afghan relationship specifically with president karzai. was any of that in evidence today? >> not really. i think president karzai got pretty much what he wanted for his own domestic audience. his contingency. let's not forget that we had these very controversial night raids that they wanted the afghans to take the lead on. we signed a memorandum of understanding with the afghan government on know. there was a detainee issue which was a big sticking point, a memorandum of understanding was signed o
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May 6, 2012 4:00pm EDT
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May 7, 2012 7:00pm EDT
reaction here in the united states. european leaders talked up the need for more economic growth today. darren gersh reports the likely forecast is more uncertainty. >> for only the second time in 50 years a socialist has been elected president of france. francoise hollande's victory this weekend is a clear rejection of the measures put in place to jolt the euro. >> this is an a cute phase of the silver and debt crisis. >> two main parties that had managed the party through the debt crisis emerged from parliamentary elections with less than a third of the combined vote. that could leave greece in limbo unable to form a new government. >> greece and france have rejected what is going on and how the incumbent leaders have dealt with the debt crisis. >> this is a potent gentially disrupt full mix for markets. >> jittery and uncertainty higher than ever. >> this is following an ominous pattern. those looking to clean up problems could lead to years and decades of growth. there is a fear there will be a spill over to the united states. >> the u.s. has a fiscal problem. but it's a medium to
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May 15, 2012 7:00pm EDT
the overhang in the united states. how does that cloud an investor's decision how they make money decisions? >> it's clear that the whole greek thing is going to fall apart, and no one knows exactly how, when or what falling apart really means for spain. no one is worried about greece per se. they're worried about what greece means for spain. >> tom: we know it means a stronger u.s. dollar. the dollar continuing to increase, and commodity prices drop. >> remember, you don't need to be the best currency in the world, just the least worse. and that's where the u.s. dollar is right now. look further. why would anybody put money in dollars as a safe haven? but right now, liquid, easy to get in and out. >> commodity sold off, gold, oil. natural gas rebounds from $2 to 2.50. is this an energy area you're looking for bargains. >> i'm looking for a bottom in natural gas. i think we'll bounce to $3, and ?r somewhere in there for a long time. >> and you're looking at alter petroleum. they have natural gas exploration production, and share price is half of what it was last summer. is this a
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May 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
thing to do. >> meanwhile, the chinese government demand an apology from the united states. the foreign minister said: in the meantime, security was tight outside the hospital where chen is being treated, and the hospital's name was quickly banned as a search term on the chinese internet. we take a closer look now at this still unfolding story with shao chung, director of the berkeley-china internet project at u.c. berkeley, and editor of the "china digital times," an online publication. and evan osnos, who's written on chen guangcheng and other dissidents as the china correspondent for the "new yorker" magazine. he joins us tonight from the campus of stanford university. os, i'll start with you. what do you make of this very confusing series of events today? is there any way to unravel what's known at this point? >> well, it's been an extraordinary 24 hours. the story is very dynamic. a few hours ago, frankly, all of us thought that the u.s. government, the chinese side, had reached perhaps the best available solution given the moment, which was to create an opportunity for che
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May 16, 2012 4:00am EDT
controls. >> the cold medicine industry in the united states is estimated to be about a $3 billion money maker for the drug companies. and to say that you're going to make it more difficult for companies to sell this product really is not a very popular idea. >> tonight, frontline, in association with the "oregonian," looks again at the meth epidemic to investigate a potential new cure and the battle raging over it. >> the truth is that the oregon solution works. and for states that are struggling with that issue, the stakes couldn't be higher. >> frontline is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. and by the corporation for public broadcasting. major funding is provided by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. and by reva and david logan, committed to investigative journalism as the guardian of the public interest. additional funding is provided by the park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. by tfrontline journalism fund,
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May 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
backed by the united states, by israel, by gulf countries like saudi arabia and qatar and that all these countries have an interest in bringing down the syrian regime and that they're using terrorists to do so. the so the government's narrative is that there isn't a protest movement in the country. there's no grass-roots movement of people seeking their rights, seeking more freedoms but it's terrorists. and then there's the third possibility, right? that this is actually... this is actually a jihadist group that carried out this attack. there is a group that has surfaced in the last couple months that's got all the typical trappings of a jihadist organization. jihadist iconography, jihadist ideology online. they have claimed responsibility for some attacks in syriaened n recent months. they have not claimed responsibility for this attack but it is possible that they are behind today's attack. >> brown: what about the seeming target here? the military intelligence headquarters? is that even clear about what was the target? >> that is not clear. this attack did happen near a military
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May 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the united states and other nations expelled syrian diplomats today, expressing outrage over the weekend massacre. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> warner: and i'm margaret warner. on the newshour tonight, we have an on-the-ground report from the city of homs, and an interview with ambassador gary dewer from canada, one of the countries taking action against its syrian envoy. >> woodruff: then, two takes on the presidential race. we look at mitt romney as he secures the republican nomination after today's primary in texas. >> warner: and gwen ifill reports on the push by both campaigns to court hispanics. >> immigration is a big issue, but not the top concern for hispanic voters here in colorado and elsewhere. both governor romney and president obama are talking about the economy. >> woodruff: plus, ray suarez examines the use of drone strikes to target al qaeda militants, and president obama's hand in approving the list of terrorists to kill. >> warner: and as author toni morrison is awarded the presidential medal o
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May 23, 2012 3:00am EDT
us and talk to the secretary of the navy, ray mabus. >> ray mabus is here, united states secretary of the navy, he has had a long and varied career as a politician, diplomat and businessman, he served as governor of mississippi from 1988 to 1992, he was also former ambassador to saudi arabia and ceo of a manufacturing company. he played the pivotal role in u.s. defense policy in the obama shifts its focus to the asia pacific region i am pleased to have him here on this program for the first time, welcome. >> thank you, charlie, i am glad to be here. >> rose: we now know that this president has announced clearly the kind of shift to asia. how does that affect the navy and its role and its significance? >> well, this new defense strategy which the president announced in january, and which he was in intimately involved in crafting, and had a all of the joint chiefs, all the service secretary, secretary of defense very involved in this, it is mainly a maritime strategy and focuses on the western pacific and focuses on the arabian gulf region, both of which are maritime, entities, and it p
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May 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
week negotiators from eight nations will join the united states in dallas for talks on a new trade agreement. you know what that means, right, usu.s. negotiators want access o hundreds of consoomplez. darren gersh reports tonight it could be some of the last jobs left here at home making shoes. >> tom, when you buy athletic shoes, you probably don't know it but you're most likely paying somewhere between 5 and $15 in what's called an import tariff. a tax on imported shoes to protecting jobs in the united states. and that tariff has set off a sneaker war. on one side there's new balance, the last company to make athletic shoes in the united states. on the other side you'll find retailers and companies like nike. they design shoes in the united states. but they manufacture them in countries like vietnam. >> we have a 1930's tariff structure in the 21st century, and that i really ham perking our awe -- hampering our ability to grow jobs. >> the obama administration is working on a new trade deal with vietnam and other countries called the transpacific partnership. as the world's faste
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May 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
think this is a huge positive step for them to say, okay, well the president of the united states thinks this is an important thing and he wanted to affirm it. then on top of that, if we ever have something go to the supreme court, i think it will be very important what the highest office holder in our land thinks about same-sex marriage as well as the polling, as well as how many states have legalized it. we like to pretend that the supreme court lives in a bubble but they do not. those justices live among us. >> woodruff: kerry eleveld, thank you very much. >> thank you. we get two views now on the president's announcement and its significance. evan wolfson is the president and founder of freedom to marry, a leading organization seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in states around the country. and the reverend harry jackson is senior pastor of hope christian church in beltsville, maryland, presiding bishop of the international communion of evangelical churches, and an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. reverend jackson, what does it mean to you what the president said? >> well, i be
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May 31, 2012 6:00pm EDT
president of the united states... it's not surprising he would have more followers but what i found surprising is where these people lived because for the obama campaign nearly half are out of the country, most of those people can't vote in the u.s. election, mitt romney only 10% outside the united states. >> warner: right, but the you do the math it shows obama with six million and romney with under 500,000. so when president bush then... last week he gave a speech in iowa and then he sat down with a laptop and started tweeting answers to questions people tweeted in but he has to keep them to 140 characters. >> it was called a twitter town hall essentially. so people can tweet@barack obama and ask him a question and he will respond@joe smith and here's the answer. and it did get a lot of traffic, a lot of play. >> and the president pushed his favorite issues such as not acting so far to stop the student loan rate from going up and they very carefully decided what message they want to push. >> but on twitter what's important what we're learning is it's not just the messes you send o
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May 26, 2012 3:30am EDT
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May 31, 2012 7:00pm EDT
concern that through some sort of political miscalculation the united states may fall off the, quote, fiscal cliff that is waiting for us on january 1st 2013. >> tom: of course that is the combination of tax cuts expiring, which could mean tax increases, and of course automatic spending cuts for the government. but joel, you know that c.e.o.s and companies operate in times of uncertainty all the time. what makes this time of uncertainty so different that they are so reluctant to add jobs even though corporate earnings remain relatively healthy? >> well, oftentimes uncertainty is balanced. there are risks to the upside and risks to the downside. but here the two largest risks staring us in the face are both to the downside. for example, an exit by greece from the eurozone in a very messy manner followed by a speculative run against spanish banks that takes down the spanish financial system could really precipitate a dramatic slowdown in growth and a flight from all kinds of risky assets that would send ripple waves across the globe, deteriorating financial conditions that would
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May 24, 2012 5:30pm EDT
. >> it's an irony of syria's uprising that the united states and al qaeda are on the same side here. both want the overthrow of president assad. what if you get rid of him only to hand the victory to people like these? this front emerged with an internet video that says they're jihadis back from other wars to fight in syria. we don't know if this video is genuine, but some believe this is the futures in syria. >> the number were quite small in the beginning but they have grown in this time. the hard element of the opposition, the armed, the combat-experienced people who come up from either libya or iraq not only are the vanguard, but they're actually pushing out all other forms of opposition. >> the regime says that this is the result. they blame bombings in damascus on islamists. the front denied they did this. some syrians did go to iraq to fight. did they come back it al qaeda's ideology? this man fought in iraq. he says he was defending his tribe, which is found in both countries. despite appearances, he doesn't like al qaeda. he fears them and he says he doesn't believe they ar
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May 15, 2012 6:00pm EDT
who obama has previously said and praised as being one of the best bankers in the united states. so the obama administration looks tough on banks. they're more than likely looking at what the company knew when they knew it and whether or not there's anything they're covering up right now. >> woodruff: dawn, you had something about a conference call that jamie dimon held with investors back in mid april. >> oh, yeah. jamie dimon on his analyst calls-- i've been covering the company about two nears years now-- on his calls he almost always cracks jokes and asks a stupid question. he always goes off on government regulation. in this that call in mid april when dimon says he didn't know how bad the trade was or didn't know that there was a problem was asked about it, he was uncharacteristically, you know, calm and quiet. he stuck to what seemed like kind of a scripted format. he was very, you know, he just wasn't himself. he wasn't himself on that call in mid april. that's after, shortly after everyone started reporting, you know, that particular division had a big problem. so, that cam
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May 27, 2012 4:00pm EDT
questioned by that, they just pointed to the united states and said, "look what the united states is doing." you know, indefinite detention. the patriot act. you know, increase surveillance powers. "if the united states can do it, they certainly can't criticize us." and this happened in a number of countries. so, you know, we knew we had to look to ourselves in order to speak to the world. so we began to work with the aclu, pen did, to put together these public readings from these documents. >> you can't believe some of these documents that they've uncovered. and, you know, in a way it's a tribute to this country that the freedom of information act actually works. that you don't actually need wikileaks. like, there is an actual legal way that documents that are quite damaging to the people who committed these acts of atrocity. >> that's something that the book really chronicles is that this was not a case where everybody agreed with these programs. on the -- >> with the torture? >> right. >> you mean, people inside government? >> absolutely. >> there were dissenters? >> in the military, an
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May 23, 2012 6:00pm EDT
confidence and pride, the united states is stronger, safer and more respected in the world. because even as we've done the work of ending these wars, we've laid the foundation for a new era of american leadership. and now, cadets, we have to build on it. >> holman: the president also rejected what he called "the tired notion" that america is in decline, indirectly countering criticism by romney. the world health organization now says most of the radiation spikes in japan-- after last year's nuclear disaster-- were below cancer-causing levels. the u.n. agency also reported today that two locations around the fukushima plant did show higher levels of radiation. an earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in the plant's reactors in march of last year. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to jeff. >> brown: just four days after it went public on the stock market, facebook is the center of intense attention again on wall street, in washington and elsewhere. but this time, the focus has a very different tone. when facebook founder mark zuckerberg celebrated the public st
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May 21, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. it is imperative that the united kingdom and the united states do aggressionive interrogation to get the truth. >> reporter: it was the worst crime on british soil. mass murder. yet still the unanswered questions persist. megrahi is dead. the mystery of lockerbie is not. >> holman: al-megrahi was 60 years old. a florida man's twins won't get his social security benefits because they were conceived artificially, after he died. the u.s. supreme court issued a unanimous decision today. it cited florida's inheritance law, which bars benefits in such cases. the court also agreed to hear a closely watched case involving surveillance of overseas communications. for analysis of the court's actions from marcia coyle of the "national law journal", visit our politics page. wall street ended a series of losing sessions on new signals that china will try to boost its economy. the dow jones industrial average gained 135 points to close at 12,504. the nasdaq rose 68 points to close at 2,847. the gains did not extend to facebook. the social media giant lost 11% in its second day of being a publi
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May 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
products in this country, the united states, europe, australian/new zealand. we plan to have good growth and supplementing that with geographic footprint and depth of the marketplace and add new products. >> tom: are you finding evaluations interesting at these levels given what is going on overseas? >> our evaluations have been pretty reasonable the entire period we have been public. most of our acquisitions are transactions we have known for a while. competed with them, worked complementary with them. these deals may take a time. they're not as elastic to the specific macroeconomic conditions at a point in time. >> tom: got you. stanley, we appreciate it. thank you, we are speaking with the ceo of henry schein. >> tom: you may not recognize the name liberty interactive, but you probably have heard of qvc and its tv shopping channel. liberty interactive's first- quarter profits were up 21%. nearly 90% of its revenues come from qvc, the world's biggest tv shopping network. in tonight's "shop talk," erika miller takes us behind the scenes at qvc's pennsylvania headquarters. >> repo
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May 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
if yous are am coulding from revenues outside the united states. >> tom: the long view, robert hagstrom with us tonight from legg mason. >> tom: just when you thought they couldn't possibly fall any further, mortgage rates dip to a new record low. homebuyers can thank europe's recent elections and america's weakening economy. those factors have led to a flight to quality into u.s. government bonds, pushing down mortgage rates. suzanne pratt reports. >> reporter: at apple mortgage, business has been getting juicier. it's no wonder, with mortgage rates at an appetizing all-time lows. the 30-year fixed currently averages 3.83%. last year, that same loan was 4.63%. broker gary leib says 75% of his calls are for refinancings. >> i get a lot of joy out of helping people refinance. honestly, it's a beautiful thing helping people save so much money. >> reporter: super low mortgage rates haven't done much to lift home sales out of the cellar. since december, rates have been below 4%. still, sales of new and old homes fell in march. the problem is it's gotten much harder for would-be hom
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May 21, 2012 7:00pm EDT
changes, but the liquidity is there. secondly you have to say that the recovery in the united states at this point is a little stronger, a little older and a little more durable than it was a year ago. >> tom: i want to ask you about technology, we saw tech stocks take the lead today to some degree, facebook shares obviously have been weighing awe little bit on technology over the past couple sessions, but apple was back in the drivers seat today. do you like technology moving forward? >> technology moves the world. it helps when things are tough by lowering costs, it helps improve productivity and as countries and people get richer in the emerging markets they use more, so yes the world and the stock market doesn't have the future unless technology works. >> tom: you mentioned consumers. what about consumers in the shape of that area in the market, especially as energy price, moving lower? >> yes. i particularly like consumer nondurables because to the extent that any of the problems in the world develop, people still are going to use toothpaste and other, and beverages and other nondu
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May 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT
american economy a revaluation in china would be enormous. it would mean less debt in the united states, a healthier trade balance. we would be bringing our unemployment rate down, and that's ultimately the type of economic activity that we need. >> susie: not everyone wants the u.s. to slap a currency manipulator label on china. the u.s./china business council supports the treasury's decision. it says calling china a manipulator would only complicate the fragile relationship between the two countries. >> susie: billionaire investor carl icahn is turning up the heat on chesapeake energy, the embattled energy producer. he wants to replace at least four directors on the company's board, saying they have failed to hold its c.e.o. accountable in a quote, "dramatic fashion." chesapeake shares have tumbled sharply, since the company's sweetheart loan and investment package for c.e.o. aubrey mcclendon came to light earlier this month. icahn is the company's third largest shareholder. >> tom: june 7 is circled on jamie dimon's calendar. the j.p. morgan chase c.e.o. has been invited to testify befo
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May 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
president of the united states and the directed us to proceed. >> abu zubayda was water board ed 83 times and it was videotaped. up until now, what was on the tapes had remained a closely guarded secret, but it is a secret no more. i understand they show him vomiting and screaming as he is being water boarded. >> it is not a pretty sight when you are doing this to anybody or using any of these techniques. let's be perfectly honest. >> john was the cia post atop lawyer who made sure the government legalized the techniques. a colleague watched the tapes and reported back. >> he was experiencing some physical difficulties, as you can imagine. >> but the tapes are no more. jose rodriguez destroyed them. they would have been devastating had they ever become public, but he remains unrepentant. >> i am proud of the decisions that i took, including the destruction of the tapes to protect the people who worked for me. i have no regrets. >> peter taylor, bbc news. >> you can see his full report on the world program on friday, may 11, 1330 gmt. you'll get another opportunity on saturday, 11:30
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May 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
asylum in the united states, saying he fears for its safety. he is currently receiving medical treatment in a beijing hospital. he left the u.s. embassy after nearly a week. secretary clinton is in the discussions with beijing. >> we understand that he is still at the hospital in beijing. he came out of the american embassy yesterday. a deal appeared to have been done. mrs. clinton received assurances from chinese authorities in regard to his safety and that of his family. mr. chong went to the hospital. it appears that he has had a change of heart. according to a report, he spoke with his wife, who he met in the building. she told him that she had been tied to a chair and beaten by chinese authorities while he had been in the u.s. embassy. it appears in that moment mr. chong decided that he and his family needed to. go to to it is not clear whether or not he has spoken to american diplomats about this specific issue, but we have heard from officials. they say that they do want to speak to him to get a clearer picture as to exactly what he wants. >> martin, this threatens to ov
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May 22, 2012 5:00am EDT
work. it's a situation for which the united states is not immune. >> we have to make sure that there is a growth strategy to go alongside the need for fiscal discipline. as well as a monetary policy that is promoting the capacity of countries like a spain or italy that have put in place some very tough targets and policies to also offer their constituencies a prospect for improvement. >> the president sounds pragmatic, but there's little he can do to predict which mantra wins, growth or austerity. >> let's go live to steve, our correspondent in berlin. looking at these oecd forecasters, the diverging trends between the euro and the u.s. has been stuck on growth. i mean, how much pressure is angela merkel now to change tactics? >> she's from immense pressure from president obama, from francois and in germany she's under pressure, but the other way. the sense is the opinion in germany is hardening against bailouts and the euro. if you look at tabloids in germany, an immensely popular tabloid paper says "europe doesn't need the euro." but the important thing is that subject is now debat
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May 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
to leave the country. beijing demanded the united states apologize for keeping chen at the embassy for six days did hillary clinton has said it was an extraordinary set of stats and we don't expect it to be repeated to "wolfe street journal closed -- "the wall street journal" -- what is your take, evan? >> funny crisis. all you have to keep your eye on his u.s.-chinese relations. this guy is not the main event. the main event is just getting along with the chinese. that does not mean we have to kowtow to them, but we have to get along with them. to see romney try to make hay out of this thing -- longer interest is with u.s.-chinese relations. >> nina? >> having a political candidate not nikkei out of it would be like a water spaniel not go in the water. we as a free society, we want to do everything, and it is and absolut concept often with our national interests -- an absolute concept often with our national interests. darman and a battle with china among different factions, with the military have and what position and reform people having another. i just think these things happen
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May 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
the u.s. ambassador. but for several days afterwards neither the united states nor china commented on the case, so we didn't know for sure. then about an hour or so ago the militants and chinese confirmed chen had left the u.s. ambassador, as you indicated there. the chst say he left of his own have a license. and his wife and children have arrived in beijing and are in the hospital with him. the ultimate fate of this activist and his family, we don't know at the moment. but it seems some kind of arrangement has been made between china and the united states about what's going to happen to him. >> for more on this, let's speak to dr. willy lam. from the chinese university. of hong kong. what does it appear happens to -- what happens here? and what safe guard forms chen now? >> well, it's quite possible chen guangcheng was offered the possibility of leaving china for the u.s. to seek medical treatment. however, he has said he wishes to remain in china to serve its people. for time being, i believe he will be returned to his village and the 24-hour surveillance by the chinese. it's qu
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May 14, 2012 5:00am EDT
lucrative drug route north to the united states. in 2006, the army was deployed to tackle them. six years later, more than 50,000 people have lost their lives in drug-related violence, 13,000 last year alone. the presidential election here in mexico is just a few weeks away. atop the list of both priorities is security. this shocking event in monterrey made clear whoever wins in july's vote is going to have a very tough time in bringing peace back to the country. will grant, bbc news, mexico city. >> for years, a refugee from yugoslavia mopped floors, cleaned toilets, and took out rubbish at a university in the united states. but after 12 years of studying, the 52-year-old janitor has donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics. as a colombia university employee, he didn't have to pay for the classes he took. this is "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy. the headlines -- it looks increasingly unlikely that greece will be able to form a new coalition after the radical left party, syriza, rules out taking part. as the trial of anders breivik enters its fourth w
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May 25, 2012 6:00pm EDT
up in arctic norway, everybody took fish oil to stay healthy. when i moved to the united states almost 30 years ago, i could not find an omega-3 fish oil that worked for me. i became inspired to bring a new definition of fish oil quality to the world. today, nordic naturals is working to fulfill our mission of bringing omega-3s to everyone, because we believe omega-3s are essential to life. >> at&t >> the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: memorial day beckoned today, and highways began to fill for the heavily traveled holiday. in much of the country, the weekend trips promised to be just a little bit cheaper this year. across the country, americans filled up and hit the road, taking advantage of a timely drop in gas prices. >> we're going to savannah beach. >> we
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May 17, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, white babies account for fewer than half of newborns in the united states. new census data released today showed that on july 1st of last year, just 49.6% of babies one year old or younger were of white european ancestry. 50.4% were minority. latinos are the fastest-growing minority, accounting for 26% of all births. african americans made up 15%, while nearly 5% were asian. the remainder were american indian, mixed race or other groups. the nation as a whole is still 62% white. but minorities make up the majority in four states-- hawaii, california, new mexico and texas, plus the district of columbia. we explore this tipping point and the implications with william frey, senior demographer at the brookings institution and marcelo suarez-orozco, professor of globalization and education at new york university. he's done extensive research on immigrant families and their children. co-thank you both for being with us. professor, beginning with you, what jumps out at you when you see these numbers? what's most notable here? >> well, what's most notable is that our country a country where
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May 2, 2012 1:00am EDT
policies, that's what we're going to change when i'm president of the united states of america. >> obama very early realized that things were only going to get worse. and so, obama made this decision: "the thing i'm going to run on is that there is a problem in our economy, my opponent doesn't see it, and i can fix it." >> narrator: and early in the campaign, he had traveled to new york to push for wall street to change its ways. >> i actually went down to the cooper union speech with him in his car. >> senator barack obama... (applause) >> he was talking about the idea of making sure that the ethics of wall street was pure and that we were doing the business that we should be doing. >> thank you very much. thank you. we let the special interests put their thumbs on the economic scales. we've excused and even embraced an ethic of greed. >> the cooper union speech was essentially obama's effort to say to the democratic party and to the country that he believed that we had to rein in wall street, we had to resume more aggressive regulation of wall street. >> instead of establishi
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May 22, 2012 6:00pm EDT
united states down $4,300. people are working harder and harder than ever before and barely staying in place. the unemployment rate has effectively not gone down from where it was at the peak of the recession. the only reason it's gone technically from 10% to 8% is so many people are discouraged and have quit work. this economy is not getting better and the president's policies are the reason. >> woodruff: senator talent, i looked at what the president said yesterday. he said "yes, private equity has a healthy role to play in the free market." he said "that's part of a what a lot of business people do. he talked about the role of private equity and the capacity to create new jobs but he said the role of a president is to look after the economic health of the whole community, the whole country and not just of a company which is what a... would take place in a venture capital deal. >> well, judy, let's tell the people at solyndra that. tell people at ever green solar. the department of energy's inspector general-- a non-political appointee-- found that billions of dollars were channel
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May 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
healthy. when i moved to the united states almost 30 years ago, i could not find an omega-3 fish oil that worked for me. i became inspired to bring a new definition of fish oil quality to the world. today, nordic naturals is working to fulfill our mission of bringing omega-3s to everyone, because we believe omega-3s are essential to life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: a new atrocity surfaced in syria today-- the bodies of 13 people, found in an eastern province. their hands had been tied and some had been shot in the head, execution-style. the discovery followed friday's massacre in houla, where 108 people were killed after anti- government protests. alex thomson of "independent television news" is the first outside correspondent to get into houla. he filed this report. >> reporter: the u.n. warned us you'll pass the last syrian army checkpoint then it's no man's land. space out the
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May 23, 2012 4:00am EDT
or i'm going to be president of the united states." >> narrator: corzine would aggressively embrace politics. in 2000, he spent a record $62 million of his own money to become a senator from new jersey. in 2006, he spent another $43 million to become governor. >> gracious god, we ask your blessing upon jon, that you would fill him with positive vision, that he might inspire others. >> the reason why we called jon is because we knew he knew about the economy. >> narrator: by 2008, corzine had become a trusted advisor to barack obama. it was once rumored that he might even replace tim geithner as treasury secretary. >> here we go, folks. >> narrator: but then in 2010, new jersey voters ended his political career and returned him to wall street. >> former new jersey governor jon corzine is returning to the private sector. he has taken the helm of mf global. >> narrator: but corzine's choice of mf global was puzzling. >> i think it was a little surprising that he went to such a small firm. you know, if you think about it, goldman partner, goldman ceo, confidante of the president of the
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May 29, 2012 10:00pm EDT
resistance from the yemeni army, which receives arms, training, and intelligence from the united states. on the edge of jaar, the first glimpse of the flag of al qaeda. >> it's a very sinister thing. it's a black flag inscribed with the words, "no god but one god," and then the seal of the prophet. it has an impact on you. it's very scary. >> narrator: ghaith's contact was a fighter and political officer who called himself fouad. he was a member of ansar al sharia, the local franchise of al qaeda. ansar al sharia was started last year to provide al qaeda in the arabian peninsula with foot soldiers and a new image. some experts question the exact relationship between the two groups, but ghaith found that they operated as one and the same. how clearly they referred to themselves as al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. and for fouad to talk to us, he would have to have permission from the highest authority. >> narrator: fouad said that us drones and the yemeni air force often attacked. >> (translated): they bomb people's homes to prove to washington they are truly fighting terrorism. but they ha
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May 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
power." tonight part one of that conversation which is about afghanistan. >> the united states should also have learned that no policy that is based on a misunderstanding of the facts or wishful thinking is likely to succeed. and there are a whole series of assumptions built into this transition policy about the ability of the afghan national arm about the degradation of the taliban and the ability of afghan political lead yooers to fashion a fair transition of power from karzai who-to-whoever comes after. all of these assumptions look quite shaky and you don't want to ask american men and women to make the ultimate sacrifice if you're not willing to confront the facts head on and think honestly about where they may lead you. >> rose: we conclude with kathy freston, a well-known vegan, her book is called "the lean, a revolutionary and simple plan for lasting weight loss." i want to enjoy my life, celebrate food and have things i grew up loving with my family, with my friends. so for me i think the best thing that has worked-- and i think it's translated to other people-- is that if we
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May 16, 2012 6:00pm EDT
united states were unable to do anything about it. at srebrenica it's now been established pretty conclusively, that at least 7,000 muslim prisoners were executed in cold blood by mladic's forces and another 1,000 were killed as they tried to reach government-held territory to the north. after the massacre in seb neets affinally the west got its act together and began the-- what led to eventually-- to the peace negotiations. this was the first big conflict after the end of the cold war, and for a long time, for three and a half years, the united states and other western governments proved inadequate to the challenge. >> brown: so this particular tribunal, i gather, was set up soon after the war, so long ago, only now in the last years are we getting to some of these very high players, high generals and leaders. why did it take so long? >> actually, the tribunal was set up during the war in what was interpreted then as a kind of token gesture of solidarity with the victims. that's 20 years ago. and it took them the best part of two decades to bring the most high-profile war crimina
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